US-based passenger railway service Amtrak has announced plans to refurbish four New Jersey train stations in collaboration with NJ Transit.
The project was kicked off by Governor Phil Murphy, NJ Transit CEO Kevin Corbett and Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia.
The four stations that will receive improvements are New Brunswick, Trenton Transit Center, Princeton Junction and Elizabeth Station.
The New Brunswick Station will undergo work to improve the elevator system. An extension will also be built for the eastbound platform to create additional boarding capacity.
The work will also include installation of new lighting, HVAC system, windows and escalator, along with the rehabilitation of the station’s exterior.
At the Elizabeth Station, two new elevators will be installed while the existing two lifts will be updated.
Additionally, ADA-complaint ramps will be constructed, and new high-level platforms will be built to boost the platform area for passengers.
The damaged timber boards will be replaced at the Trenton Transit Centre to increase the safety of the customer.
At the Princeton Junction Station, the scope of work will include general repairs to the platform, which have deteriorated due to de-icing agents and exposure to weather.
Amtrak Board Chairman Tony Coscia said: “Amtrak, Governor Murphy, and NJ TRANSIT are working together to keep our promises to the travelling public and provide an improved customer experience throughout New Jersey.
“The start of these station projects reflects our joint commitment to our customers to improve our stations, infrastructure, and the safety of our customers.”
In May, Amtrak and NJ Transit agreed to make a joint investment of $31m to restore railroad infrastructure along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in New Jersey, US.
The investment builds on the existing partnership between the two entities, which was announced in February, to facilitate better passenger experience and infrastructure improvement works.